March 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 13, 2016
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

March 2016 Events, Programs and Exhibits


Friday, March 4, 2016

“The Proposal” by Chekhov
North West Company Fur Post, Pine City
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063
Map
320-629-6356
nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
The Baker Street Irregulars return to the North West Company Fur Post with Anton Chekhov's "The Proposal." Set in rural Russia during the late 1800s, the one-act play is a delightful farce, concluding in a successful, albeit combative, engagement. A young man comes to propose to a young woman; however, they can't stop arguing long enough to get to the subject of matrimony.
A second performance piece will be included, either another one-act play about love or a musical performance.
Fri., Mar 4, 2016, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, $2 discount MNHS members
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Also March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Saturday, March 5

Kid Crafts: Storybook Time and Bead a Ring
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 pm, then from 1 to 3 pm learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. Please allow an hour to make the ring. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Sat., Mar 5, 2016, Noon-3:00 pm
$3/kit, does not include museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under MNHS members

Women of Mill City Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of the Mill City! Throughout the day, enjoy performances by four Mill City Museum History Players portraying 19th and 20th century women of Minneapolis and the surrounding region. Explore the museum exhibits for more stories of women who contribute to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902. Participants can also dress up and have their picture taken as a 1950s "mill girl" and make their own paper hat like female flour packers wore in 1919.
Sat., Mar 5, 2016, Noon-3:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Time Capsule for Families: The President's Visit, 1878
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
In September 1878, Alexander and Anna Ramsey entertained a very special guest: the president of the United States. Learn why President Rutherford B. Hayes visited the Ramsey family in St. Paul and discover more about what made 1878 so special. Use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House and collect "time capsule tokens" along the way. Taste one of President Hayes' favorite foods and learn about fashion of the era. Children can create their own time capsule to take home. This program is offered at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm.
Sat., Mar 5, 2016, Noon-2:00 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday Talks: Crossing Antarctica with Cathy de Moll
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
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An intimate look at the remarkable characters and events behind a first-of-its-kind trip crossing Antarctica, told by Cathy de Moll. De Moll was the executive director of the International Trans-Antarctica Expedition and is the author of Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica (MNHS Press, October 2015). Tuesday Talks is formerly known as Seniors in Mind.
Tue., Mar 8, 2016, 10:30 am-11:30 am
$2, does not include admission to the History Center. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Saint Paul Welcome Hat
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
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New to Minnesota or know someone who is? Welcome Hat is a monthly celebration that jumpstarts newcomer and returnee inclusion to the local Saint Paul community through receiving a warm faux-fur lined hat and showcasing the city's resources. Each month the program showcases valuable community resources, provides light local samples and cash bar, and features live music.
Presented in partnership with Jun-Li Wang, Curious Incident, Pollen, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP and the Hamline Midway Coalition with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Learn more at stphello.com and #stphello.
Tue., Mar 8, 2016, 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
Free
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History of Hip: Women Animators
Vieux Carre
408 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
For Women's History Month, join writer and researcher Phil Anderson and veteran filmmaker Kathleen Laughlin to take a closer look at the ways women have used animation to represent their stories. From the 1970s on, women in animation have gone beyond comic-character stereotypes while exploring their worlds, their stories and the medium itself.
History of Hip takes place at Vieux Carre in the lower level of the historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Ticket price includes one drink. This is a 21 plus event. Note: This program replaces the History of Hip: Graffiti program originally scheduled for March 8.
Tue., Mar 8, 2016, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
$15/$12 MNHS members.
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History Film Series: The Great War - 1918
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Map
320-616-5421
lindbergh@mnhs.org
Come enjoy this episode of PBS’ American Experience! From PBS: "American Experience examines the bloodiest war of the 20th century through interviews of survivors as well as through the diaries and letters of participants in the push that turned the war against Germany. Journalist George Seldes creates a portrait of a long-ago war that continues to be personal and immediate."
The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage.
Tue., Mar 8, 2016, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, March 10, 2016

World War II Roundtable: Mobilization of the Industrial Machine of War: Awakening the Giant
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Dr. Maury Klein, author of A Call to Arms, will examine the industrial power that supported military forces during World War II, and former defense factory workers will discuss their experiences contributing to the war effort. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. Find more information online.
Thu., Mar 10, 2016, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
$5/students free

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control were all a part of Victorian life, but rarely spoken of in public. Discover the "secrets" of the Victorian era in this adult-themed program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their friends and neighbors. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors.
This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.
Fri., Mar 11, 2016, 7:00 pm-9:45 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount MNHS members
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Irish Heritage Weekend
James J. Hill House, St. Paul
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women's needlepoint and lace-making.
Theme tours will include favorite Irish songs, organ music and needlework demonstrations. Stories of the Hills and their servants (many of them Irish) will engage visitors in the history of Irish-Americans in Minnesota.
Sat., Mar 12, 2016, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members
Also March 13

Topics on Family History: Historical Newspapers
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3300
Contact
Learn how to find and use historical newspapers in both free and fee-based databases in Minnesota and across the country. Get ideas about how to enhance your family history with stories from the newspaper about church and community affairs, moments of fame (or ill repute), current events and material culture in your ancestors' lives.
This class is taught by J. H. Fonkert, a board-certified genealogist whose focus is Midwest, Scandinavian, Dutch and English family history. He is past president of MGS and a current faculty member of the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy.
Sat., Mar 12, 2016, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
$32/$28 MNHS and MGS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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History Forum: The Case of Dr. Ossian Sweet
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul , MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000|
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Historian Kevin Boyle will speak on Dr. Ossian Sweet, an African-American doctor and grandson of a slave, who climbed from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white Detroit neighborhood in the 1920s. Just after his arrival in the neighborhood, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. What followed was an infamous murder trial that drew one of America’s greatest attorneys, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of racial equality, class and justice in a changing nation.
Lectures occur at 10 am and 2 pm.
Kevin Boyle teaches history at Northwestern University and is the author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age, which received the 2004 National Book Award for nonfiction.
Sat., Mar 12, 2016, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Individual Lectures: $15/$11 MNHS members. Series Tickets: $82/$60 MNHS members
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Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Sat., Mar 12, 2016, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS members, includes museum admission. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Also March 26

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Seed Savers Exchange
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd.
Elk River, MN 55330
Map
763-441-6896
kelley.farm@mnhs.org
The Oliver Kelley Farm has promoted saving rare and heirloom seeds since 1981. In this program, visitors can learn how to save, store and plant seeds, and then save them again, just as farmers and gardeners have done for thousands of years. A gardening expert will share insights into heirloom plants and gardening for the first part of the event, then stay for the free seed exchange.
Participants don't need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home. Seed art and sorting activities will be provided for children. Refreshments will be served.
Sun., Mar 13, 2016, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Free

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Maple Syrup Family Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Learn about the process of making maple syrup from collecting sap to boiling it down. Sample a variety of maple treats, including candies, popcorn and lemonade. Visitors can also take a shuttle to tour a commercial syrup production facility.
Sat., Mar 19, 2016, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Easter Egg Hunt
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org
Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt for children age 2-7 on the lawn. Participants can win prizes, enjoy a snack, hear stories and look around the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. When the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary, "a large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly."
Reservations are strongly encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is outdoors and please bring a basket to collect eggs.
Sat., Mar 19, 2016, 10:00 am-11:00 am
$6/$4 MNHS members
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Sweetgrass Basket 2-Day Workshop
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe.
The workshop runs noon to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. A minimum of five participants is required. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for workshop participants.
Sat., Mar 19, 2016, Noon-Sun., Mar 20, 2016, 2:00 pm
$60, $55 MNHS members, $15 supply fee

Maple Sap, Sugar and Syrup Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Map
320-532-3632
millelacs@mnhs.org
Join museum staff for a demonstration about traditional and contemporary methods of harvesting and processing maple sap. Guests will observe the process of gathering maple sap and boiling it into syrup and sugar. Samples of maple sugar will be available. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, this event will be rescheduled to March 26.
Sat., Mar 19, 2016, Noon-3:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Sunday, March 20, 2016

“Suburbia” Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
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From the rapid growth of the 1950s to today, the suburbs are a complex and diverse part of the American cultural landscape. More than half of all Americans live in suburbs. And while residents are creating walkable neighborhoods, addressing urban sprawl and supporting environmental stewardship, the area is still largely segregated, aging and not connected to the greater metropolis. Suburbia explores Twin Cities suburbs through themes including conformity and exclusion, consumerism, and the evolution of gender roles and domestic arrangements. This exhibit is developed by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sun., Mar 20, 2016, Noon-5:00 pm
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under and MNHS members

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Map
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum.
Rousseau has worked as an actor, director, playwright and storyteller for the last 45 years. He has worked as a reenactor at MNHS and as a member of the Science Live Acting Company at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He is nationally recognized for his educational scripts performed by museums across the country, and he is one of the founders of Northstar Storytelling League.
Sun., Mar 20, 2016, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$14 adults, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Includes museum admission

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

State Review Board Meeting on NRHP Nominations
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
Contact
The MNHS State Review Board meets four times a year to consider nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation Office staff will present briefly on the history of the nominated property, and the board will hear comments from attendees. Following discussion, the board will act on the nomination, rendering an opinion of whether the property meets National Register criteria.
Nominations and photographs of the properties to be considered are placed online here a few weeks before the meeting.
Tue., Mar 22, 2016, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free

History Lounge: First Women of Mayo Clinic
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-259-3000
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The story of Mayo Clinic begins on the Minnesota prairie following a devastating tornado in 1883. It also begins with the women who served the growing practice as physicians, laboratory researchers, developers of radium therapy and cancer treatments, and innovators in virtually all aspects of patient care, education and research. While these women contributed to the clinic's origins and success, their roles have not been widely recognized—until now. Join Virginia Wright-Peterson as she presents from her new book, Women of Mayo Clinic:The Founding Generation (MNHS Press, March 2016).
Tue., Mar 22, 2016, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free

Thursday, March 24, 2016

World War II Roundtable: Birth of the New Age of War: Atomic Bombs and Rockets
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Map
612-726-1171
ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Jim Eckles, author of Trinity and Pocket Full of Rockets, will lecture on the development of the atomic bomb and rocket testing by German engineers.
The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. Find more information online.
Thu., Mar 24, 2016, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
$5/students free

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Conservationist Aldo Leopold Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Map
218-327-4482
foresthistory@mnhs.org
Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast. Learn more about the man considered by many to be the father of wildlife management. Activities include readings from Leopold's collection of essays, Sand County Almanac; screenings of Green Fire, a documentary about his life; dutch oven cooking; demonstrations on how to build a Leopold bench and nature walks.
Sat., Mar 26, 2016, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Included with site admission of $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Thursday, March 31, 2016

History Happy Hour: Mysteries of the Ouija Board
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Map
651-296-8760
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Have a drink with friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the origins of the infamous Ouija board. Join educator and artist Nathan Lewis for a look at the history of this mysterious and controversial object that grew out of America's 19th-century obsession with spiritualism.
This program begins at 5:30 pm and 8 pm and is for ages 21 years and older. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Mar 31, 2016, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
$25/$20 MNHS members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015
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Ongoing Exhibits
 

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Through March 20, 2016

Suburbia
From the rapid growth of the 1950s to today, the suburbs are a complex and diverse part of the American cultural landscape. More than half of all Americans live in suburbs. And while residents are creating walkable neighborhoods, addressing urban sprawl and supporting environmental stewardship, the area is still largely segregated, aging and not connected to the greater metropolis. Suburbia explores Twin Cities suburbs through themes, including conformity and exclusion, consumerism and the evolution of gender roles and domestic arrangements. Find out more.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Through May 15, 2016

 

Power Couples: Selections from the Permanent Collection

This exhibit features more than 20 portraits from the Minnesota Historical Society’s fine art collection that span the history of art in Minnesota. Focusing on portraits of couples, the exhibit includes portraits of husbands and wives, fathers and sons, sisters and even an aunt and uncle. Viewers will see portraits of several notable Minnesotans like James J. and Mary T. Hill and Lawrence and Elizabeth Taliaferro. Find out more.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis

Through April 3, 2016 

Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s 
In the 1970s, Dayton's was in its prime, the new Nicollet Mall was full of people, the Foshay Tower was still king and the IDS Center was beginning its rise. The skyway system was not yet born so bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen. Mike Evangelist, a 17-year-old from the suburbs, turned his lens to the scenes around him, capturing a vibrant and rapidly changing city. Forty years later, he unearthed this trove of images.